I was recruited to help with surveying members of the community at this event in both English and Khmer. I also assisted in the data tabulations and initial analysis. This was one of my first experiences in research in the community setting. My prior experiences were in the hospital or laboratory setting where the environment was more controlled. When research is done out in the community, there is less control of the environment as there are other things going on. But what was important about this experience was that the research went out of the research buildings, and into the community.
The results of this survey are important in shaping efforts on alcohol treatment programs. It can be empowering to the community if these results are shared in a dialogue that can continue between researchers and community members.