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In response to the Ebola outbreak, USAID joined communities, governments, and organizations to help affected countries control and, ultimately, contain the disease. As part of celebrating this hard won achievement, the international community must reflect, learn, and act based on this experience to help ensure such a tragedy is not repeated. This report, a contribution to that end, focuses on one aspect of the multi-faceted response i.e. the role of data and digital technologies. Grounded in over 130 interviews and peer review, the report surfaces a breadth of experiences and perspectives, and concludes with practical recommendations that health, humanitarian, and development actors should take to be better prepared for the next crisis. One of the main recommendations of this report is to strengthen technical, institutional, and human systems required to rapidly gather, transmit, analyze, use, and frequently share data to keep pace with diseases that spread with the ferocity and velocity of Ebola. This is a useful study for those involved in implementing COVID-19 response programs. Click here to read the report.