Data Capture Unit
The Data Capture Services Unit serves the data collection needs for research projects in the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Using TeleForm® software, we are prepared to move your project seamlessly from draft forms of data collection instruments to datasets that can be analyzed to answer your research questions. The unit uses Teleform® to design and process forms that can be scanned. HPDP provides web-based applications to manage research data for its projects. In addition, HPDP utilizes a secure, encrypted MS SQL database server to store all HPDP research data. This technology allows us to process large volumes of data with speed and accuracy.
What is TeleForm®?
TeleForm® is a software package we utilize to create data collection instruments that turn paper forms into digital information through the use of a scanner. This technology allows us to process large volumes of data with speed and accuracy.
What advantages does TeleForm® offer?
- Saves money—60%-80% reduction in the costs associated with manually typing data from paper forms
- Saves time—large volumes of data can be rapidly processed for immediate use in tailored messages or tracking programs
- Increases accuracy—built-in range checks prompt human review of misinterpreted data (One customer documented our error rate at 0.37%.)
- Streamlines data cleaning—out of range values for choice fields are a thing of the past
What can the Data Capture Services Unit do for my project?
- Assist in designing your data collection instruments
- Custom-print data collection instruments–participant ID numbers and/or other relevant information can be merged onto the documents to suit your project needs
- Scan and verify your data
- Provide on-line code books of each data collection instrument for easy access by all project staff
- Archive tiff images of each scanned data collection instrument
Who do I contact to learn more?
Anne Cole manages the Data Capture Services Unit. She can be reached by:
- phone at 919.966.6084
- email at email@example.com