Ideally, something that means to appraise or assess value from a distance.

I don't think there is going to be such a word.

But something similar, like to assess a situation, or to assess risk could be close analogues for what I want. Thanks.

  • Consider changing the phrase close to it in your title to the word similar so that the afar/close relationship doesn't make the word it mean the thing assessed.
    – Lawrence
    Nov 15, 2018 at 22:36
  • It might clarify things a bit if you were to explain what you mean by 'distance.' Is that geographic, psychological or visual (and so on) distance?
    – DJohnson
    Nov 16, 2018 at 18:02

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"Fly-on-the-wall observation is an observation technique where you can place yourself in a non-obtrusive position and observe from a distance. ..." - loft.io

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    Being a fly on the wall is specifically not observing from a distance, but observing, unnoticed, “right there in the room” as it were.
    – Jim
    Dec 16, 2018 at 18:15

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