Yale Program on Aging Receives NIH Funding for Development of REDCap Plugins


The REDCap @ Yale Program on Aging (POA) team has secured funding from a NIH Special Interest Notice to support the improvement of software tools for open science. At the same time, the Yale Pepper Center also awarded two Development Project Awards to support this important work. With these funds, the POA software development team will create and distribute high-utility research support tools through the Vanderbilt Consortium’s REDCap library so that they can be downloaded and used anywhere, including POA / Yale and YCCI / YNHH REDCap implementations.

These software support tools form an interoperable suite with features to help researchers manage studies. Collectively, these popular software tools are called Yale Study Support Suite (YES3).

“During his career, Peter Charpentier, the founding director of the Program on Aging Data Management and Informatics Core (DMIC), worked with project directors, data managers and field staff to produce software systems for help with research. Its software tools have been essential to our most successful studies including PEP, PRIDE, TRIM, CRAN-DOSE, D-Care, STRIDE, SILVER-AMI and GEARSS, ”said Mary Geda, BSN, MSN, Associate Program Director on aging. “These tools were originally designed for projects focused on aging, but they are widely used and attractive. Our vision is to refine and refactor YES3 and make it accessible to anyone who wants to use it.

YES3 is made up of three elements:

· The Dashboard YES3 is a powerful study operations support tool that provides configurable views of cross-sectional or longitudinal study data and tasks. It leverages the standard REDCap dashboard, while offering a substantial upgrade. Principal investigators and study staff report that the YES3 dashboard improves workflow efficiency, highlights key information, and streamlines their work.

· The YES3 Study Portal serves as a central access point by providing an intranet platform for posting communications, study materials, links to study support tools and real-time performance reports. Principal investigators and study staff report that a well-designed study portal makes information and resources accessible, which facilitates communication and study support, especially for large multi-center studies.

· The Data visualization YES3 will be designed and developed by the Yale OAIC Biostatistics Core under the guidance of Drs. Terrence Murphy and Brent Vander Wyk. It will integrate RStudio / RShiny graphing and data tabulation tools with REDCap study data to produce tables and graphs ready for publication.

To assist in the rapid development of these software components and support our mission, the Yale Pepper Center and the REDCap @ Yale team will support a student intern to be recruited at the Yale School of Public Health.

The mission of the Yale Pepper Center, established in 1992, is to provide intellectual leadership and innovation for aging research that aims to strengthen the independence of the elderly. To find out more visit Yale Center for the Independence of Aged Americans website Claude D. Pepper.


Margie D. Carlisle