John Taylor is a graduate of Heriot-Watt University (BA Hons Recreation) (1994) and the University of Edinburgh (MSc Social and Educational Research) (2001). He has over 20 years experience as a researcher and research manager having previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Leisure Research (CLR) and as a Research and Evaluation Manager at sportscotland.John has been in monitoring and evaluating a range of sports initiatives completing evaluationsof the ‘Girls on the Move’ Programme, the SFA’s Football Academy and Community Club OPfficers Project and has recently undertaken research for Scottish Golf exploring the career pathways of Scottish Professional golfers. John hasalso supportedevaluations ofInternational Development through Sport (IDS) and International Inspirations sport-for-development projects in India and Africa.
John has been a Director (Strategy and Governance) on the Board at triathlonscotland and is currently working on his PhD exploring the evaluation of sport for development programmes in Scotland and assessing the efficacy of logic models as an evaluation tool.
John has an interest in a broad range of sports topics including sports policy, strategic planning development, youth sport, youth leadership and sports participation.
Taylor J (2016) Investing in the Development of Young Female Sport Leaders: An Evaluation of the ‘Girls on the Move’ Leadership Programme. Managing Sport and Leisure, 21 (2), pp. 75-90. https://doi.org/10.1080/23750472.2016.1210536
Allen J, Taylor J, Dimeo P & Robinson L (2015) Predicting elite Scottish athletes’ attitudes towards doping: examining the contribution of achievement goals and motivational climate. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33 (9), pp. 899-906. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2014.976588
Lynn A, Allen J & Taylor J (2013) Positive Coaching Scotland: Final Evaluation report for sportscotland. Sportscotland. sportscotland. http://www.sportscotland.org.uk/resources/resources/positive_coaching_scotland_reports/
Dimeo P, Allen J, Taylor J, Dixon S & Robinson L (2013) Team dynamics and doping in sport: A risk or a protective factor?. World Anti-Doping Agency. Target Research Scheme. University of Stirling School of Sport. http://www.wada-ama.org/Documents/Education_Awareness/SocialScienceResearch/Funded_Research_Projects/Dimeo_Team_Dynamics_2011_Report_EN.pdf
Dimeo P & Taylor J (2013) Monitoring drug use in sport: The contrast between official statistics and other evidence. Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy, 20 (1), pp. 40-47. https://doi.org/10.3109/09687637.2012.713412
Taylor J, Hughes AR & Koufaki P (2013) The impact of community-based physical activity projects on girls' and young women's engagement in physical activity: Findings from an evaluation of the 'Girls on the Move' programme. Managing Leisure, 18 (1), pp. 46-60. https://doi.org/10.1080/13606719.2012.742225
Allen J, Bell A, Lynn A, Taylor J & Lavallee D (2012) Identifying excellent coaching practice along the sporting pathway. sportscoachUK. http://www.sportscoachuk.org/resource/identifying-excellent-coaching-practice-along-sporting-pathway
Coalter F & Taylor J (2010) Sport-for-development impact study: A research initiative funded by Comic
Relief and UK Sport and managed by International Development through Sport. Comic Relief; UK Sport. Department of Sports Studies, University of Stirling. http://www.uksport.gov.uk/docLib/MISC/FredCoaltersseminalMandEManual.pdf
Coalter F, Dimeo P, Morrow S & Taylor J (2010) The Benefits of Mountaineering and Mountaineering Related Activities: A Review of Literature: A Report to the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. Mountaineering Council of Scotland; British Mountaineering Council. Department of Sports Studies, University of Stirling. www.thebmc.co.uk/Download.aspx?id=850.
Adams A, Hughes AR & Taylor J (2008) How active are the Girl's on the Move. Annual Conference and Meeting of the HEPA (Health-Enhancing Physical Activity) Europe Network, University of Stratyclyde, 8-10 September 2008, Glasgow, UK, 08.09.2008-10.09.2008.
Taylor J (2008) Evaluation of the 'Girls on the Move' Programme: Summary Report. The Robertson Trust; Scottish Government. Youth Scotland. http://www.youthscotland.org.uk/projects/girls-on-the-move.htm
Coalter F, Taylor J & Jarvie G (2006) Culture of Winning in Scottish Sport: Phase 1 Report to the Scottish Institute of Sport Foundation. The Scottish Institute of Sport Foundation. Department of Sports Studies, University of Stirling and Winning Scotland Foundation. http://www.inthewinningzone.com/wz/media/docs/StirlingReport-part1.pdf
Coalter F, Radtke S, Taylor J & Jarvie G (2006) How to achieve a sporting culture of excellence in Scotland. The Scottish Institute of Sport Foundation. Department of Sports Studies, University of Stirling. http://www.inthewinningzone.com/wz/media/docs/StirlingReport-part2.pdf
Amara M, Aquilina D, Argent E, Bezer-Tayar M, Green M, Henry I, Coalter F & Taylor J (2005) The Roles of Sport and Education in the Social Inclusion of Asylum Seekers and Refugees: An Evaluation of Policy and Practice in the UK. Loughborough University. http://www.brycs.org/clearinghouse/clearinghouse-resource.cfm?docnum=2055
Taylor J (2004) Mountain Bike World Cup 2002 - Fort William: Economic Impact Study. Sportscotland. Sportscotland Research Report, 88. Sportscotland, Edinburgh, UK. http://www.sportscotland.org.uk/resources/Mountain_Bike_World_Cup_2002_Fort_William
Taylor J (2003) An Audit of Sports Provision in Higher Education in Scotland. Sportscotland. Sportscotland Research Report, 89. Sportscotland, Edinburgh, UK. http://www.sportscotland.org.uk/sportscotland/Documents/Resources/Auditofsportsprovisioninthehighereducationsectorinscotlandrr89.pdf