Remote monitoring – approaches to monitoring programmes in the context of COVID-19

Remote monitoring – approaches to monitoring programmes in the context of COVID-19

Facilitated by: Dan James, INTRAC


When: 11th August 2020 

What time: 2:00 PM Pakistan Standard Time

Where: ZOOM – Link to be shared

Language: English 

How long: 90 minutes 

Format: Presentation, discussion and sharing of Best Practices

Who is it for: Humanitarian and development practitioners looking to hear from and share experiences of how to monitor programmes during the COVID-19 pandemic.


If you wish to participate, kindly Register Here


Purpose: To share experiences and good practice on how humanitarian and development organizations can monitor programmes when access to communities is restricted, as well as consider how COVID-19 might affect our monitoring requirements.

  • Gain knowledge of remote monitoring techniques
  • Understand what techniques might be best suited to different contexts
  • Share experiences and best practices about monitoring during COVID-19




Community World Service Asia and INTRAC are jointly hosting this webinar on remote monitoring in the context of COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on humanitarian and development organizations, and their programme activities. It has also impacted organizations’ ability to monitor situations and programme delivery at field level. With very restricted access to communities, many traditional M&E activities are not viable. Yet it is vital for organizations to understand what is going on at community level to be able to respond effectively. In some cases, programme activities have been suspended and there is a need to understand how the situation is evolving at community level. In other cases, organizations have found different ways of delivering programmes, and there is a need to monitor how effectively these are addressing needs on the ground. Finally, the pandemic may require us to reassess and prioritize different types of evidence, and adapt our M&E approaches accordingly.


This webinar will focus on how organizations can monitor their programmes when access to communities is restricted, and the implications of the pandemic on our real-time needs for evidence.

We will specifically focus on:


  • Options for remote monitoring of programmes in the field
  • Factors affecting our ability to monitor programmes
  • Understanding evidence needs during the pandemic


This 90-minute webinar will also give participants an opportunity to share experiences and best practices and ask practical questions about monitoring and evaluation during the pandemic.


Community World Service Asia (CWSA) is a humanitarian and development organization, registered in Pakistan, head-quartered in Karachi and implementing initiatives throughout Asia. CWSA is member of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) Alliance, a member of Sphere and their regional partner in Asia and also manages the ADRRN Quality & Accountability Hub in Asia.


INTRAC is an independent not-for-profit organisation, based in Oxford, UK, that is dedicated to strengthening civil society across the world to challenge poverty and inequality and empower people to control their own futures. INTRAC has expertise in all aspects of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). Its specialist consultants and trainers promote and support approaches to M&E that are ‘fit for purpose’ and that help civil society organisations to manage and use their resources effectively and to improve what they do to maximise the positive impact of their work.


If you wish to participate, kindly Register Here

Up to 200 participants will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis. We would appreciate anyone willing to share some best practices on remote monitoring to kindly indicate in the registration form; up to participants may be selected to share their experiences.


Speakers: Some key speakers will be invited to share different perspectives and practices on the subject area. Details to be shared later.


Webinar Moderator & Facilitator:


Dan James - INTRAC

Dan James is a Principal Consultant and Thematic Lead on INTRAC’s monitoring and evaluation portfolio. He divides his time between consultancies and grant-funded research, and contributes to INTRAC’s Advanced Monitoring and Evaluation training course. With a background in economic research, he provides support on M&E systems design as well as quantitative research methods across a number of INTRAC’s work streams. His areas of interest include governance and accountability, impact assessment and how evidence is used in international development programming. Dan has regional experience in South East Asia, has lived and worked in Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam and worked with activists across the region. He is currently leading INTRAC’s contribution to a large programme called The Development Alternative, which is exploring new and different ways to do development that are truly led by young people and communities.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 14:00 to 15:00
Organiser or Host: 
Community World Service Asia (CWSA)
Online-ZOOM – Link to be shared